James Mendez received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. From there he went on to earn his Juris Doctorate (law degree) from the UCLA School of Law.
After graduating from law school, he worked as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, where he prosecuted a broad range of criminal cases for ten years. As a result of this extensive experience as a Los Angeles prosecutor, he knows the ins and outs of the California criminal justice system and his vantage point is from both points of view. Based on his combined experience working as a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, he is confident that if his client has a legal defense, he will find it.
If you did make a mistake and if there is an overwhelming amount of evidence against you, then his experience as a prosecutor still gives him an edge when it comes to trying to keep you out of jail or prison. As someone facing criminal charges, you want to keep in mind that when a prosecutor is actively trying to put you behind bars, you are going to need someone on your side who is not only has an equal amount of experience with the criminal justice system, but someone who is a formidable adversary in the courtroom.
There are a number of attorneys who only handle a handful of cases each year, and those attorneys are unlikely to have been exposed to all the defenses that can help your particular case. While serving as a prosecutor, attorney Mendez personally examined thousands of defenses in each of his ten years prosecuting, and he has successfully put that first-hand knowledge and experience to use in obtaining positive results for his clients, many of whom were in the same situation as yours.
Attorney Mendez is highly regarded throughout the legal community for being a skilled criminal defense lawyer, and to the extent that he has been featured on Fox Channel 11 News where he gave his legal opinion on a highly publicized murder trial involving a teenage victim and a teenage defendant accused of murdering him.
Attorney Mendez is a meticulous and aggressive attorney who is entirely committed to upholding his clients' legal rights from start to finish. He believes his clients are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and even if his clients have made a mistake, it doesn't mean the smallest technical detail can't turn the odds around in their favor. He sees his clients as people with jobs and loved ones depending upon them, not just another criminal in the revolving door of criminal cases. He takes the time to personally meet with each and every one of his clients; he carefully investigates each situation so that he can represent his client and provide them with the very best outcome possible.
James Mendez is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Central District of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District, and the Supreme Court of California. He handles cases throughout Southern California including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Kern, and San Diego Counties. To schedule a consultation with attorney Mendez, please contact the firm today.
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